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Garden Time has the largest selection of in-stock sheds in the region. These structures are fully customizable, so you can finally have that entertaining area, home office, personal workout space, animal shelter, or top-notch storage shed you’ve been dreaming of.
“People really need to start planning to do it soon because the world is changing, you just never know what’s going to happen. You need to plan ahead and start thinking about your projects now,” said Rob Rajeski, Operations Manager at Garden Time.
SIZE THINGS UP
A storage shed is something you’ll be looking at and using for decades, so it’s an investment you really don’t want to compromise on just because you’re in a time crunch. Get started now on the first step – figuring out what size shed you’re going to need. “First, figure out what you’re going to put in it and then go from there,” suggests Rajeski.
For more than 30 years, Garden Time has been working with multiple Amish manufacturers to build structures that range in size from 4’ x 6’ up to 24’ x 48’ (or larger). The three most common shed sizes are 10’ x 12’, 10’ x 14’, and 12’ x 16’.
A MATTER OF PLACE
Next, decide where in the yard you want the shed to reside. It needs to be easily accessible for you and any machinery you want to store inside (such as a snowblower, lawn mower, or tractor). You also need to consider how the fully-assembled shed will be delivered. Garden Time needs a 12’ opening to transport the shed through. They’ll also need an additional foot of clearance on each side to maneuver the shed into place.
Placing a shed on a slightly elevated, well-draining foundation keeps it away from damaging rot and corrosion. Garden Time professionals can help you evaluate your yard, excavate, and prepare a bed of compacted gravel, or a concrete pad for your new structure, as required.
CHOOSE A SIDE
All of Garden Time’s sheds are built with standard 2” x 4” wooden studs, have pressure-treated flooring, gabled vents, and a shingled roof. Here are the four options for exterior siding:
Vinyl: “We like to say vinyl is final because once it’s built, you’re done, there’s no maintenance to do except maybe some pressure washing to keep it clean,” said Rajeski.
Duratemp: The most economical choice, this is a wood product that’s been covered with a plasticized coating. It’s also long-lasting, standing up to 50 years of use with only a new coat of paint needed every decade.
LP Smartside: This paintable engineered wood product has the look of cedar without the expense.
Board & Batten: The most popular choice in recent years, people love the farmhouse look of this classic style.
ADD ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS
Now comes the fun stuff – adding in those details that will make all the difference. The typical 10’ x 12’ shed comes with double doors and two windows, but you can choose to add more. An architectural accent (like a cupola), a practical element (like an electrical kit), or a personal touch (like a weather vane) makes the shed more functional and eye-catching.
BLENDING INTO THE LANDSCAPE
Once your shed is in place, the final piece will be to establish some plants around it, so it blends into the surrounding landscape.
These can be perennial trees and shrubs, garden beds with annual blooms bursting with color, or even climbing vines.
Because Garden Time also has a large garden center and nursery with an impressive selection of plants, they’ll be happy to help make sure your shed is as at home in your backyard …as you are!
For more information, go to www.gardentimeinc.com.
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